Defence Day Air show 2015 – Fatima Jinnah Park Islamabad

To celebrate 50th anniversary of Pakistani armed forces victory of 1956 war, an  airshow was organised at  Fatima Jinnah Park, F-9, Islamabad. The day reminds us of professionalism and bravery of Pakistani soldiers to decimate enemy’s monstrous forces.

PAF in particular ensured air guards of Pakistani frontiers and despatched the enemy forces back from where they had come. The day also reminds us of those who went on missions – never to return.

F-9 Park airshow Summary:

1130hrs:  High Speed Run by Mirage-III
1132hrs: Super Mushshak aerobatics
1139hrs: Sherdils display
1148hrs: JF-17 Thunder, 26 Sqn
1155hrs: F-16 MLU, 9 Sqn
1202hrs: AS350 Écureuil aerobatics (Pak Army)                                                                                                                            [ All photos credits: Abid Khan]

C-130 & Alouette

No.6 Sqn C-130 (Callsign “Stranger12”) provided air surveillance of venue prior to the airshow. The aircraft was seen flying at altitude of 9000-10,000 ft. Alouette-III from Search-And-Rescue unit provided Metro-logical support.

Mirages Sonic Boom

Two low-level flying Mirage-IIIEL aircraft kicked off the airshow with a massive sonic boom followed by vertical High-G maneuver polished by released of flares. Both aircraft took the audience by surprise & faded away in less than 15 seconds.

 

 

Super MushshakSuper Mushshak (Serial # 97-6394) of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex showed its potential & maneuvering skills. PAC has exhibited the aircraft in various airshows in Middle East in the past; recently it participated in Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS) in Romania in June. The aircraft has cruising speed of 130kts (240km/hr) and comes with internationally reputed Dyon and Garmin cockpit instrumentation technology. Mushshak can carry weapons / bombs on six external stations and can also perform border patrol duties.

Sherdils - K-8 9- Sherdils from PAF Academy Risalpur brought colours to the airshow. The team showed their precise flying, sharp reflexes and exceptional piloting skills in maneuvering the aircraft in close formations. The team’s menu remained the same since its inception in 1974 i.e. line astern to diamond formation during a loop, then clover-leaf, steep turn, barrel roll and finally, the breath-taking bomb-burst. In Sherdils, 6 aircraft perform where as three aircraft perform the initial run-in and break-off in a linear bomburst over the venue.

JF-17 Thunder - Pakistan's PridePakistan’s pride JF-17 Thunder (Serial # 09-111) flown by O/C 26 MR Sqn brought the WoW factor  to the airshow. The aircraft flew various fast passes, slow passes, fast rolls and inverted roll in its 7-min performance.

JF-17 Thunder has been inducted in 3 combat squadrons of PAF, with a 4th unit gearing up to receive this aircraft. The success of Pak-China JF-17 Thunder has brought an affordable Multi-Role combat aircraft not only to PAF but to many Middle Eastern & Asia countries who are looking for replacement of their combat fleet with state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. Recently Myanmar has signed at deal for purchase of one squadron of this aircraft.

F-16 Fighting FalconThe legendary F-16 Fighting Falcon flown by O/C No.9 MR Sqn stole the airshow with its breathtaking performance. The pilot exhibited aircraft’s maneuverability in tight turns, slow-speed pass. On the peak of display, the aircraft comes down to low level and performed max-performance turn…taking Islamabad by a storm!

 

As-350 Ecuriel, PAAFollowed by PAF performances were  AS350 Écureuil aerobatics of Pak Army Aviation wing and flight of Special Services Group (SSG) commandoes hanging from slings with AS-332 Super Puma aircraft. Motor-glider flight by PAF Academy Risalpur and para-trooping by special forces units of all three forces dropped from C-130 aircraft at about 10,000 ft brought more colours to the airshow.

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Photos from Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2015

Photos from latest edition of Exercise Anatolian Eagle (2015-1) which was conducted from June 8th to 19th, 2015.

Anatolian Eagle exercises (similar to “Red Flag” exercise) simulate a war-time environment and gives chance to fighting forces to test their mettle in various scenarios. The exercise is grouped into three teams; HQ (white), Red and Blue Forces. The white team manages the training scenarios, monitor and evaluate performance of Red & Blue teams. Red team was tasked with attack on Blue team, whereas element of Air Defence (SAMs/AAAs/Anti-Aircraft-guns) was included in Blue team’s package.

Anatolian Eagle 2015-1 participating countries:

Turkish Air Force (42 x F-16C/D,12 x F-4E/2020s, 1 x Boeing KC-135R, 1 x Boeing EW-7T)
Royal Air Force, UK: 8 x Typhoon FGR4/T3, XI Sqn., Coningsby
Spanish Air Force: 6 x EF-18M , Ala 15, Zaragoza
Pakistan Air Force: 6 x F-16 A/B MLU, 38 Wing, 9 Sqn., Mushaf
US Air Force: 12 x F-15C/D, Lakenheath, UK
German Air Force: 1 x Airbus A 310, Köln-Bonn
Nato: 2 x E-3A Geilenkirchen, Germany

All photos credits: Zafer Buna

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O/C 9 Sqn Landing F-16 during Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2015 with Turkish Air Force & NATO.

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Exercise Patch (left)  – PAF C-130s provided logistics support to their team.

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No.9 Sqn “Griffins” F-16 MLUs equipped with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles took part in Air-Air and Air-Surface mission during the exercise. PAF pilots have proved their mettle in multinational Exercises with U.S,U.K,China,Tukey,Saudia Arabia,UAE, France, Itlay, NATO,Egypt, Jordan and many other Air Forces in last decade.

Graduation parade of PAF Academy Risalpur; Sept 2014

Yesterday graduation parade of 132 GD (P), 77 Engineering Course, 91 Air Defence Course and Commissioning Parade of 135 GD (P), 81 Engineering Course, 16 A&SD course and 03 Navigation Course was held at PAF Academy Risalpur.

While addressing the graduating parade, the Air Chief said, “With Air Power fast becoming the future Weapon of Choice, you must acquire the ability to be able to accept this role with all its manifestations. Hundred percent commitments would be the minimum requirement for continuous progress of the Pakistan Air Force as a modern Force of the 21st Century. Make a note that, perseverance, diligence and unwavering determination would be name of the game. I therefore, want you to keep in mind what the Quaid said while addressing the PAF personnel at Malir, on 21st February, 1948: “You will have to be alert, very alert, for the time for relaxation is not yet there. With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve”.

A total of 102 Under Training Officers and 13 cadets were graduated whereas 111 cadets were commissioned on the occasion. The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets and also gave away trophies among the distinction holders.

The chief guest awarded Quaid-e-Azam Banner to No 3 Squadron, the Champion Squadron of the Academy.

Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for best performance in Flying Training being awarded to Pilot Officer Danial Abid for overall best performance in flying training.

Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for best performance in Flying Training being awarded to Pilot Officer Danial Abid for overall best performance in flying training.

Pilot Officer Haris Salahuddin of 132 GD (P) course being awarded Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training.

Pilot Officer Haris Salahuddin of 132 GD (P) course being awarded Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training.

The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets and also gave away trophies among the distinction holders.

The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets.

Grroup photo of graduate officers

Group photo of graduate officers

 

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique and senior officers witnessing K-8 'Sherdiles Team aerobatics.

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique and senior officers witnessing K-8 'Sherdiles Team aerobatics.

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique, CAS PAF and senior officers witnessing K-8 ‘Sherdils’ Team aerobatics.

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K-8 Aerobatics team ‘Sherdils’ in action.

 

Indo-Pak 1965 war – Newspapers & international papers accounts

Following is compilation of Newspapers scans & international papers accounts witnessing annihilation of Indian Air Force (IAF) in the hands of well trained Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

1965 war - Newspapers & international papers accounts

Dawn Newspaper, 7 Sept 1965

Dawn Newspaper - 19 Sept, 1965

Dawn Newspaper – 19 Sept, 1965

The Pakistan Times, 24 Sept, 1965

The Pakistan Times, 24 Sept, 1965

Nawa-e-Waqt, 7 Oct 1965

Nawa-e-Waqt, 7 Oct 1965

Dawn Newspaper, 11 Sept 1965

Dawn Newspaper, 11 Sept 1965

General (Retd.) Chuck Yeager (USAF) writes in his book: “Yeager, the Autobiography”.

 “The air war lasted two weeks and the Pakistanis scored athree-to-one kill ratio, knocking out 102 Russian-made Indian jetsand losing thirty-four airplanes of their own. I’m certain about thefigures because I went out several times a day in a chopper andcounted the wrecks below.” “They were really good, aggre

ssivedogfighters and proficient in gunnery and air combat tactics. I wasdamned impressed. Those guys just lived and breathed flying. “

 famous USAF test pilot, on deputation in Pakistan as US Defense Representative. The PAF remains the onlyforeign air force in the world to have received Chuck Yeager’sadmiration – a recommendation which the PAF is proud of.

“As an air defence analyst, I am fully aware that the Pakistan AirForce ranks today as one of the best air forces in the world and thatthe PAF Combat Commanders’ School (CCS) in Sargodha has been rankedas the best GCI/pilot and fighter tactics and weapons school in theworld”. As one senior US defence analyst commented to me in 1991, “itleaves Topgun

(the US Naval Air Station in Miramar, California) far behind”.-

Sergey Vekhov May 1993 issue (pages 46-47) of Airforces Monthly, a reputable UK-based air defence magazine

The PAF, although outnumbered by IAF(Indian Air Force), has at leastone qualitative edge over its rival: Pilot Training. The caliber of Pakistani instructors is acknowledged by numerous air forces, and US Navy pilots considered them to be highly ‘professional’ during exercises flying off the USS Constellation (as co-pilots).

-Jane’s International Defense (June 24, 1998)

 “By all accounts the courage displayed by the Pakistan Air Force pilots is reminiscent of the bravery of the few young and dedicated pilots who saved this country from Nazi invaders in the critical Battle of Britain during the last war.”

Patrick Seale,The Observer, London,September 12, 1965.

“Pakistan claims to have destroyed something like 1/3rd the IndianAir Force, and foreign observers, who are in a position to know say that Pakistani pilots have claimed even higher kills than this; but the Pakistani Air Force are being scrupulously honest in evaluating these claims. They are crediting Pakistan Air Force only thosekillings that can be checked from other sources.”

Roy Meloni,American Broadcasting CorporationSeptember 15, 1965.

The London Daily Mirror reported: “There is a smell of death in theburning Pakistan sun. For it was here that India’s attacking forcescame to a dead stop.

 “During the night they threw in every reinforcement they could find.But wave after wave of attacks were repulsed by the Pakistanis”  “India”, said the London Daily Times, “is being soundly beaten by anation which is outnumbered by four and a half to one in populationand three to one in size of armed forces.”

In Times reporter Louis Karrar wrote: “Who can defeat a nation whichknows how to play hide and seek with death”.

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Some memories from 1965 war…

Exercise Shaheen-III PAF-PLAAF (2014)

Pakistan and China have the long and strong brotherly relationship since more than past six decades. The long-standing ties between the two countries is not just limited to industrial cooperation, but is also seem in form of bilateral defence agreements and sharing joint military strategy.

Recently Exercise Shaheen-III was conducted between PAF and PLAAF at PAF Base Rafiqui. This was third exercise of this series initiated in 2011.  Both air force’s aircraft performed head-to-head in simulated air combat and surface attack missions. Chinese AF team was also complemented by logistics support (including tanker trucks) for  refueling of Chinese fighters.

The particiaption of Chinese J-10 Multirole fighters and J-7C aircraft provided both airforces the oppurtunity to improve specific skills and on Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT). Such exercise help air powers align their challenges visàvis counter strategies, train and plan accordingly in changing threat environment.

Group photo of Exercise Shaheen-III 2014

Group Photo of Exercise Shaheen-III participant pilots and senior officers along with aircraft : Left to Right: Mirage-VEF (25 Sqn), J-7 (PLAAF), J-10 (PLAAF), F-7PG (17Sqn), JF-17 (16 Sqn).

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Exercise completion shield handed over to DCS (Ops) PAF by Chinese counter part.

Pakistani and Chinese pilots group photo during Exercise Shaheen-II 2013, held in China. PLAAF J-10, J-7, JF-7, PAF F-7P and Mirage-IIIEA aircraft participated in the exercise.

Pakistani and Chinese pilots group photo during Exercise Shaheen-II 2013, held in China. PLAAF J-10, J-7, JF-7, PAF F-7P and Mirage-IIIEA aircraft participated in the exercise.

PAF and Chinese pilots in Exercise Shaheen-1 2011

PAF and Chinese pilots in Exercise Shaheen-1 2011 held in March 2011 at PAF Air Base Rafiqui. Seen in the background is SU-27UBK Multirole aircraft, four of such air craft took part in the exercise.

http://www.pafwallpapers.com/PAF_excercises.htm

Exercise Shaheen-I 2011

Exercise Shaheen-I (meaning “Falcon” in English) was the first version of this joint Pak-China air force exercise held in March 2011 at Rafiqui Air Base, Shorkot Pakistan.

PLAAF contingent comprising SU-27UBK Multirole fighters from 8th flight Academy (also known as “Agressors” ) participated in the exercise. The Exercise covered various air-to-air and air-to-ground combat scenarios. PAF’s Mirage-VEF, F-7PG and JF-17 also participated in Dis-similar Air Combat Training (DACT) missions with PLAAF Sukhois. exercise_shaheen-1_pakistan_air_force_china_plaaf_paf_pilots_01

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More Exercise Pictures Here.

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim NI(M),SJ

ACM Anwar Shamim

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim NI(M),SJ passed away yesterday on January 4, 2013 (aged 81). He was 10th Chief of the PAF (23 July 1978 – 5 March 1985) and a war veteran from 1965 and 71 war. ACM Anwar Shamim commanded PAF bases , Sakesar, Korangi Creek and Masroor; No.11 Sqn and No.33 Fighter Wing (Sargodha).

Anwar Shamim modernized PAF by procuring state-of-the-art F-16 aircraft from US and  A-5 ground support aircraft from China in January 1983.  These procurement not only meant end of service of obsolete fleet of B-57 bombers, but it also provided PAF with a quantum leap and massive technological edge over its adversary.

Anwar Shamim’s services include expansion of PAF role and tasks by creation of three commands (Southern, Northern and Air Force Strategic command), reforming PAF training and war doctrines as well.  His legacy: PAF will remain the most-competent and hard-hitting fighting force forever. May Allah bless his soul, Amen!

F-16's induction ceremony - Jan15 1983.

F-16’s induction ceremony – Jan15 1983.

L-to-R :Sami Tuur, Shahid Lateef, Shahid Javed, President Gen Zia-ul-Haq, ACM Anwar Shamim(CAS), Ali K Khattak, M. Avais and Muzzafar Ali.

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L-to-R: Flt Lt Cecil Choudhry (late), Wng Cdr Anwar Shamim (late) and Flt Lt Imtiaz Bhatti group photo taken after bombing run on Amritsar radar station, India on September 11 1965 war. The somke-blackened portion on F-86F Sabre’s gun panel in the background is a witness to this successful mission.

During the 1965 war, Anwar Shamim led 14 air defence/escort missions and 5 ground attack missions.  For his immaculate strategic planning, leadership, courage and displaying unparalleled flying skills he was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat.

References:

http://pafwallpapers.com/airchiefs.htm

JF-17 Thunder’s Weapon load

JF-17 Thunder – All round view                                         Chapter 8 : JF-17 Thunder’s Weapon Load

JF-17 configuration of weapon load:

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JF-17 Weapon load

Weapons Rails/Hard Points:

JF-17 Thunder has seven hard points.

JF-17 Thunder has seven hard points for carrying external weapons/fuel tanks. One is on each wing tip, two under each wing and one under belly.

Pylons attachments areas marked on the upper side on wings.

Pylons attachments areas marked on the upper side on wings.

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JF-17’s pylon 1,2 and 6,7 are mainly used for carrying air-air missiles. JF-17 can carry two AIM-9L Sidewinders or PL-5E II Short Range Air to Air Missiles (SRAAM) on wingtip pylons (pylon 1/2) and four SD-10A Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missiles (BVRAAM) on multi ejectors racks attached on pylon 6/7. Pylon 6/7 can also carry mission pods including WMD-7 Optical targeting pod and KG-300 Electronic Warfare pod.

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JF-17’s pylon 3 and 5 with various pins for locking, security and jettissioning attached weapons/fuel stations. It can carry 1000+ Kg of weapons which include Mk-82/84 dumb bombs, LT-2/GBU-10/12 Laser Guided bombs (LGB), various classes of LS-6 gluide guided bombs, C-802 Anti-Shipping Missile (ASM) and  H-2/4 Stand-Off Weapon (SOW), Ra’ad Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) in the future.

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JF-17’s pylon 3 and 5 is mainly used for carrying 1100 L fuel tanks. In the left photo; High-visibility markings in both English and Chinese language for ground crew.

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JF-17’s pylon 4 is mainly used for carrying 800 L fuel tank. It can also be used to carry up to 2000lbs (1000kg+) of munitions.

External fuel stations

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JF-17 can carry three external fuel tanks (2x 1100 L under wing and 1X 800 L centerline fuel tank) both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground role.

The maximum range (3,000km) in a High-High-High mission profile is achieved in the following configuration:

–          Stores: 2 x PL-5E II SRAAM + 2 x SD-10A MRAAM + 2 x 1100 L tank + 800 L tank.

The maximum range (1,200km) in a Medium-Low-Low-High mission profile is achieved in the following configuration:

–          Stores: 2 x PL-5E II SRAAM + 4 x 250kg bomb + 2 x 1100 L tank + 800 L tank.

Weapon load case studies

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Characteristics / specification chart of JF-17 on the static display at Izmir during the Centenary Celebrations of Turkish Air Show 2011.

JF-17 has a maximum take-off weight 27,336 lb (12,400kg), maximum external stores weight of 8820lbs (4,000kg)

Weapon Length Diameter Weight
WMD-7 pod 2.700 m 0.390 m 280 kg
C-802A 6.392 m 36 cm 715 kg
Ra’ad ALCM 4.85 m 1100 kg
H-2/4 SOW 3650 mm 38 cm H-4: 1200 kgH-2: 980 kg (2,160 lb)
MK-82 bomb 87.4 inches (2,220 mm) 10.75 inches (273 mm) 227 kg (500 lb)
MK-84 bomb 129 in (3280 mm) 18 in (458 mm) 925 kg (2039 lb)
LT-2 3580mm 380mm 570kg
LT-3 3.58m 0.38 m 564 kg
LS-6 (500 kg) 300mm 377mm 540kg
PL-5E SRAAM 2.893m 0.127m 83kg
SD-10A MRAAM 3,850mm 203mm 180kg
AIM-9L Sidewinder 2850 mm 127mm 85.3kg
MAR-1 ARM 4.03 metres (13.2 ft) 0.23 metres (0.75 ft) 274 kilograms (600 lb)

 

According to Chief Designer of JF-17 at Dubai Air Show 2011, 3 pylons of JF-17 can carry a total of 4,000+ kg of weapon load.

Considering a JF-17 equipped with:

Case-1

4x SD-10 MRAAM on under-wing Multi Ejector Racks (Total Weight 900 kg)

2xPL-5E SRAAM on wingtips (Total Weight 170 kg)

1×800 Litre centerline fuel tank (Total Weight 648 kg) + 40kg(tank weight)  = 690kg

2×1100 Litre droptanks on inner wing pylons (Total Weight 1782 kg) 1782+ 120kg(tanks weight) =1900kg

Total weight= 900+170+690+1900 = 3660kg

Case-2

4x SD-10 MRAAM on under-wing Multi Ejector Racks (Total Weight 900 kg) [100kg for rack weight]

2xPL-5E SRAAM on wingtips (Total Weight 170 kg)

1×800 Litre centerline fuel tank (Total Weight 648 kg) + 40kg (tank weight)  = 690kg

2x 1100kg Ra’ad ALCM on inner wing pylons (Total Weight 2200 kg)

OR

2x 1200kg H-4 SOW on inner wing pylons (Total Weight 2400 kg)

OR

2x980kg H-2 SOW on inner wing pylons (Total Weight 1960 kg)

Total weight= 900+170+690+2200 = 3960kg (Ra’ad)

Total weight= 900+170+690+2400 = 4160kg (H-4)

Total weight= 900+170+690+1960 =3720 (H-2)

 Case-3

4x SD-10 MRAAM on under-wing Multi Ejector Racks (Total Weight 900 kg)

2xPL-5E SRAAM on wingtips (Total Weight 170 kg)

2x 925 kg Mk-84 Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) on inner wing pylons (Total weight 2000 kg) [1850kg +150kg for LGB kit]

1x 280 kg WMD-7 Targeting pod on centerline station = 280kg

Total weight= 900+170+2000 = 3070 kg

Weapons

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SD-10A Medium Range Air to Air Missiles on multi-ejector racks and LS-6, 500kg glide bomb. LS-6 has a Circular Error Probable (CEP) of less than 15m.

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C-802A anti-shipping missile has a range of 180km. Its flight trials with JF-17 Thunder were conducted in November 2011.

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WMD-7 is an Electro-Optic targeting with infrared, TV and laser sensor. It can search, track and identify targets during both day and night.  In IR detection mode it can detect targets at 20km range, where as it can successfully identity them from 15km. The TV mode gives 22km target detection and target 17km identification features.

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KG-300 Airborne Self-Protection Jamming pod is a stand-alone system carried on under wing or center line station. KG-300 provides multi-target electronic jamming, multi-signal parameter measurement, deception and other counter enemy radar features to the aircraft.

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JF-17s equipped with 2000lbs Mk-84 and 500lbs Mk-82 bombs during Exercise High Mark 2010.

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JF-17 Protoype-4 during weapon load testing in early 2009. The aircraft is equipped with 4x Mk-82 bombs, 3x 1000L fuel tanks and 2xPL-5E II SRAAM.

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JF-17 Protoype-6, dedicated for Chinese weapon integration and avionics testing equipped with SD-10 MRAAM. SD-10’s ‘live weapon’ firing trials were conducted on same aircraft in 2011.

MAR-1 air-to-ground Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM)

MAR-1 is an air-to-ground Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) developed by Brazil’s Mectron Corp and the Aerospace Technology and Science Department of Brazilian Air Force. MAR-1 introduced in 2008 is a designed to perform in Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role. It has various modes for high and low altitude radar. MAR-1 is believed to be potent weapon and enemy Surface-to-Air-Missile (SAM) radar. Its range is cited as 60 to 100 km with 90 kilograms (200 lb) warhead. PAF bought $108 million worth 100 MAR-1 missiles for JF-17 and Mirage-III/V aircraft in 2008. The missile was made operational with JF-17 in late 2011.

JF-17 Thunder Electro Optic pod

China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) JF-17 Prototype-6 seen in April ’2012 in Chendu flight center with electro-optical navigation pod.

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Kentron  (South Africa) built Raptor-I/H-2 Stand Off Weapon (SOW), is a lethal TV-guided glide bomb produced under license by Air Weapons Comlpex (AWC), Pakistan.  H-2 can strike a target upto 60 km (37.5 miles). H-2 has a Circular Error Probable (CEP) of 3m, hardened nose and timed fuse giving it the capability to penetrate Hardened Air Shelters (HAS) before explosion. Raptor-II/H-4 SOW is improved version of its predecessor with rocket motor and improved strike range (120km).

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A JF-17 model with its armory. The inner pylons are carrying 2x 2000lbs GBU-10 LGBs.

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Seen above; LT-2, a 570kg LGB. LT-2 bomb comes in both 500kg and 1000kg versions.

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LT-2 and LT-3, the latter is 564kg precision guided bomb with a range of 24km. LT-3 is similar to US GBU-54/55/56(V)/B Laser JDAM (LJDAM) weapons.

Illustrations and Art-Work

LS-6 Precision Guided Glide Bomb

LS-6 Precision Guided Glide Bomb

C-802 Anti-Shipping Missile

JF-17 Thunder C-802 Anti-Shipping Missile

MAR-1 Anti Radiation Missile

JF-17 Thunder MAR-1 Anti Radiation Missile

Hafr Runway Penetration Bomb

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H-2/4 Stand-Off Weapon 

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Ra’ad Air Launched Cruise Missile

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GBU-12 Laser Guided Bomb and WMD-7 Electro Optic Targeting pod

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References:

http://premierspacesystems.com/Aircraft.html

Centerline External Fuel Tank –4 90 liters   (130 US Gal) {395 kg, or 870 lb when full}

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_fuel says 0.8075 kg/L
This source http://www.experimentalaircraft.info/homebuilt-aircraft/aviation-fuel-1.php says 0.81 kg/L or 6.76 lb/US gallon, or API density 44.3°.
 
 

Some memories from 1965 war…

Air Marshal (AM) Mohammad Nur Khan took charge as C-in-C of PAF on 23 July 1965

Air Marshal (AM) Mohammad Nur Khan took charge as C-in-C of PAF on 23 July 1965. Previously in past six years he was serving as Managing Director of Pakistan International Air lines. To lead his force from the front, he converted onto F-86F and F-104A fighters.
In the photo above Nur Khan is conducting pre-flight checks prior to a solo flight on F-104, dual seat F-104B is also seen in the background. During 1965 war, he personally visited PAF bases and airfields which were participating in the combat in an F-86 Sabre aircraft flown by himself.

Sqn Ldr Mohammad Mahmood Alam

Squadron Leader  (Sqn Ldr) Mohammad Mahmood Alam (commonly known as M.M. Alam) became the first Ace pilot from Sub-continent by shooting down five IAF hunter aircraft in less than a minute. The history making event happened on the morning of 7 September 1965. M.M Alam shot down 9 enemy aircraft and damaged 2 aircraft in only three sorties. The 9 big Indian flags on his favourite F-86 F-35-NA denote confirm kills, 2 small flags denote damaged aircraft.

M.M Alam (in center) and other pilots of No.11 Squadron (Sqn) at operations room during the war.

M.M Alam (in center) and other pilots of No.11 Squadron (Sqn) at operations room during the war. No.11 Sqn flew a total of 227 sorties in seventeen days of the combat.

No.6 C-130 Sqn conducted logistic support missions and bombing missions during the war.

No.6 C-130 Sqn conducted logistic support missions and bombing missions during the war. They dropped Pak Army commandoes of Special Services Group (SSG) near Adampur, Halwara and Pathankot. To cope with requirement of night bombers, these Hercules also conducted bombing missions over Indian battlefields. In 20 missions as a bomber, a total of 22,000 lbs of High Explosive (HE) bombs were rolled out from these aircraft. Seven officers from No.6 Sqn were awarded Sitara-i-Jurat and two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) were awarded Tamgha-i-Jurat.

On Sep 3, 1965 IAF Gnat(seen in left along with F-86 Sabre) flown by Sqn Ldr Brijpal Singh Sikand surrenders to PAF’s No.9 F-104 Starfighter during an air combat. The Indian pilot landed aircraft on pasrur airfield near Gujranwala and was taken Prison Of war (POW). Later Sqn Ldr Saad Hatmi flew that captured Gnat from Pusrur to Sargodha, which is now placed in PAF museum in Karachi.

On Sep 3, 1965 IAF Gnat(seen in left along with F-86 Sabre) flown by Sqn Ldr Brijpal Singh Sikand surrenders to PAF’s No.9 F-104 Starfighter during an air combat. The Indian pilot landed aircraft on pasrur airfield near Gujranwala and was taken Prison Of war (POW). Later Sqn Ldr Saad Hatmi flew that captured Gnat from Pusrur to Sargodha, which is now placed in PAF museum in Karachi.

In an article Late Air Cdre Saad Hatmi narrates the event as:

” From the air it looked like a big Mela at Pasrur airfield as Wing Commander Ayaz and I arrived over­head. The IAF Gnat had been switched off at the end of the run­way. There were people everywhere and more were coming; they came on foot, bicycles, tongas, horses, cars and buses; all to see the IAF fighter. We had to buzz the airfield many a time before the crowd gave us enough room to land. It was a touching scene as we parked next to the Gnat. The crowd broke into wild clapping and greeted us with loud cheers of “PAF Zindabad”. The Gnat was being guarded by a detachment of Army Jawans.

Pilots of No.19 Sqn with their Sqn commander Sqn Ldr Sajjad Haider (center). Pilots of No.19 Sqn with their Sqn commander Sqn Ldr Sajjad Haider (center). 1965 war

Pilots of No.19 Sqn with their Sqn commander Sqn Ldr Sajjad Haider (center).

During the 1965 war, No.19 Sqn conducted various strike, air combat and Close Air Support (CAS) missions for Pak-Army. The most successful strike mission was the attack on Pathankot air filed on Sep 6, 1965 in which 8 F-86s destroyed IAF fighters parked in hangars. A total of 14 wreckages were counted, including IAFs Soviet-supplied Mig-21s as well.

Formation:

Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider (lead)

Wing Commander M G Tawab

Flight Lieutenants Arshad Sami , M Akbar, Mazhar Abbas, Dilawar Hussain, Ghani Akbar

Flying Officers Arshad Chaudhry, Khalid Latif and Abbas Khattak

Indian air field at Pathankot in the aftermath of the deadly strike by 8 F-86s from No.19 Sqn, Mig-21s are seen bursting into flames.

Indian air field at Pathankot in the aftermath of the deadly strike by 8 F-86s from No.19 Sqn. Soviet-supplied Mig-21s parked in the base are seen bursting into flames.

Sqn Ldr Shabbir H. Syed took command of the No.14 Squadron in March 1963; later in October 1964 squadron was deployed at Dhaka, the place where it fought against 10 IAF fighter squadrons in the 1965 war.

Sqn Ldr Shabbir H. Syed took command of the No.14 Squadron in March 1963; later in October 1964 squadron was deployed at Dhaka, the place where it fought against 10 IAF fighter squadrons in the 1965 war.

On 7 September, 1965, Sqn Ldr Shabbir Syed led two separate strike formations in same day. Both times, the target was IAF air field in Kalaikunda. At the end of the day he and his team members destroyed 10 Canberra light bombers and 2 unidentified enemy transport aircraft. For displaying unparalleled flying skills and courage he was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat.

Air Marshal Nur Khan awarding Sitara-e-Jurat To Flight Lieutenant M.Tariq Habib for his exceptional performance on Kaliakunda strike. [Post 1965 war photo].

Air Marshal Nur Khan awarding Sitara-e-Jurat To Flight Lieutenant M.Tariq Habib for his exceptional performance on Kaliakunda strike. [Post 1965 war photo].

No.14 Sqn pilots and crew that participated in 1965 war.

No.14 Sqn pilots and crew that participated in 1965 war.

Standing from left (2nd & 3rd) are Sqn Ldr Shabbir H syed (OC) and Dhaka Station commander Wng Cdr Ghulam Haider. Sitting from left the first man is Flt Lt Farooq Feroz Khan (later became Air Chief), 2nd from left is Flt Lt A.T.M Aziz, he was the first Shaheed of No.14 Sqn in 1965 war. Sitting 3rd from left is Flg Off A.K Baseer, a member of team that conducted strike over Kalikunda. 4th from left is Flg. Off Afzal Khan who embraced Shahadat near Kalaikunda, this was the second and last casualty suffered by the unit in the war.

No.14 Squadron equipped with 12 F-86F aircraft was the only squadron of PAF deployed in the West Pakistan compared to 10 IAF squadrons stationed near West Pakistan.  During the war, strikes on IAF bases Kalaikunda (2 strikes) ,Bagdogra, Barrackpore, and Agartala were a crucial blow to IAF morale. No.14 Squadron’s 1965 war total score included 10 Canberra, 5 transport aircraft, 2 Hunters and 1 helicopter destroyed, while damaging 4 Canberra and 1 Hunter.

Flight lines of B-57/RB-57 aircraft. Both B-57 and RB-57 proved vital in offensive operations in 1965 war.

Flight lines of B-57/RB-57 aircraft. Both B-57 and RB-57 proved vital in offensive operations in 1965 war. Air field strike and deep interdiction was the task assigned to both B-57 units. RB-57 induction in 1956 brought the capability of climbing up to 72,000ft along with the ability to remain in air for 10hrs.

B-57s from No.7 Sqn conducted deep strike missions inside Indian Territory and earned 12 gallantry awards: 7 Sitara-e-Jurat. B-57s from No.8 Sqn, under the command of Sqn Ldr Rais A Rafi conducted successful counter-air  operations over Indian airfields at Jamangar and Jodhpur in south; Ambala, Adampur, Halwara and Pathankot in the north. B-57s also provided both day and night CAS to Pak-army troops. B-57 pilots Sqn Ldr Alam Siddiqui and Sqn Ldr Aslam Quershi (Navigator) also laid their lives during strike on Jamangar air field, 7 Sep 1965.

No.9 Sqn equipped with Mach 2 supersonic F-104 Strafighter was credited with five kills during the 1965 war No.9 Sqn, led by Sqn Ldr Mervyn L Middlecoat (seen in right along with AM Nur Khan)  proved its mettle in air defence, fighter escort and recce mission

No.9 Sqn, led by Sqn Ldr Mervyn L Middlecoat (seen in right along with AM Nur Khan)  proved its mettle in air defence, fighter escort and recce mission. No.9 Sqn equipped with Mach 2 supersonic F-104 Strafighter was credited with five kills during the war, i.e.

Date PAF Pilot Kills/aircraft Kill type/Time/Area
6 September 1965 Flt. Lt. Aftab Alam Khan 1x IAF Mystere IVA(World’s first air-to-air kill by a Mach 2 aircraft.) Wazirabad sector, Pakistan.AIM-9 Sidewinder kill
7 September 1965 Flt. Lt. Amjad Hussain Khan 2x IAF Mystere IVA Sargodha, Pakistan at 0539 hours.Gun kill
13/14 September 1965 Sqn. Ldr Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat 1x IAF Canberra B(I) 58 Bomber India, AIM-9 Sidewinder kill
21/22 September 1965 Sqn. Ldr. Jamal A. Khan 1x IAF Canberra B(I) 58 Bomber Fazilka, India at 0409 hours.AIM-9 Sidewinder kill

 

F-104 Strafighter equipped with AIM-9B Sidewinder missile on wingtip pylons

F-104 Strafighter equipped with AIM-9B Sidewinder missile on wingtip pylons. AIM-9 missile brought a a new era of dog-fighting in PAF, although they were not very accurate but they do proved to be a deterrent factor for Pakistan.